There are two kinds of people in the world – those who decorate their tables seasonally and those who don’t.
There are also the people like me who get all inspired, WANT to decorate their table for every season, might actually get it done once or twice a year and call it a win. When we started talking about all the amazing things we could do with apples I suggested a centerpiece that included apples – and here we are today!
I basically used things I had or gathered – pictured above are: a silver bowl with some dry floral foam, dried hydrangea from my mom’s garden, some seed pod things, dried eucalyptus, twigs, cotton bolls, leaves from my yard (my poor hot, confused tree) and apples. I ended up not using the cotton bolls and needed some wood skewers that aren’t pictured as well as a glue gun. I wish I could give you a step by step photo filled post of instructions – but it was a hodge podge of hot mess during ‘construction’ so I’ll do my best to explain…
I started with the floral foam in the silver bowl and stuck in a few pieces of the dried eucalyptus at the 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions (think of the bowl as a clock face). Then I blobbed some hot glue on the apples and stuck a skewer in them while it was still hot and melted. I’d read somewhere (probably Martha?) that it will ‘seal’ the apple puncture so the apples last longer and don’t get gross. Then I placed the apples where I somewhat thought they looked cool. Really. Super scientific, I know!
Then, literally, I filled in the holes that were left with the dried hydrangea and then added the dried leaves where I still had space.
I’m actually very pleased with the results – and I want you to know that I didn’t have a plan and I’m NOT a very good floral arranger – because you can do it, too! I love that when the apples need to go I can replace them with something dried, maybe some mini pumpkins or more fall foliage and still have a beautiful centerpiece through Halloween to Thanksgiving. I’ll finally look like one of those people who has their dining room table decorated for the season!
Haeley @ Design Improvised says
I absolutely love this Amanda – possibly my favorite Handmade Mood project to date (and it’s hard to pick!). I love how it looks like a gorgeous fresh arrangement but you achieved it with all dried pieces so it will last for a long time. Amazing photos too!
Amanda Gentis says
Ohmygoodness! Thank you Haeley! I so appreciate your kind words and encouragement! <3
It looks so gorgeous and professional. Have you found your latest calling? ;)
Amanda Gentis says
Noooonono! I’ve just had great teachers and a little bit of divine intervention ;)